News and Events

News and Events

May 2018
The following were presented at Best Practices Day: The Science of Learning, May 3, 2018, in Minneapolis, Minn.:


  • Heather Blue, assistant professor, and Laura Palombi, assistant professor. “Responding to Community Needs: The Development of an Opioid Curricular Thread”
  • Kerry Fierke, associate professor, Gardner Lepp, education program specialist 2, and Forrest Batz. “An Introductory Approach to Integrating Leadership and Professionalism into a Pharmacy Curriculum”
  • Brian Sick, Keri Hager, associate professor, Don Uden, Cheri Friedrich, and Amy Pittenger. “High-impact, Low-burden Interprofessional Experiential Activity” 
  • Hager, Anita Sharma, and Kristin Janke. “Designing a First Year Ambulatory Practice Experience to Emphasize the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process”
  • Kristin Janke, Robert Bechtol, Lepp, Stephanie James, and Peter Clapp. “Application Activities in Pharmacy Education: Developing Consensus on Quality Indicators for Team-based Learning”
  • Palombi, Ashley Dahly, Kelsey Melgaard, and Blue. “Healthcare Provider Perceptions of the Causes and Consequences of the Opioid Crisis in Northeastern Minnesota”


  • Fierke and Lepp. “Engaging Learners for a Lifetime”

A poster was presented at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Spring Conference, held May 5-9, 2018, in Washington, DC: J. Nelson Albee, C. O’Donnell, A. Yapel, and Hager. “Interprofessional Orientation Activities to Develop Team Role Awareness and Communication Skills at the Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program.”

C. Kolar, Hager, and K. K. Janke had their article, “Development and evaluation of a pharmaceutical care peer teaching event between first and second year pharmacy students,” published in Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning. 2018;10(2):170-177.

D.A. MacDonald, H. Chang, Y. Wei, and Hager had their article, "Drug therapy problem identification and resolution by clinical pharmacists in a family medicine residency clinic,” published in Innovations in Pharmacy. 2018;9(2):Article 4. doi:10.24926/iip.v9i2.971

E. Borman-Shoap, E. King, Hager, P. Adam, N. Chaisson, M. Dierich, M. Mustapha, and H. Thompson Buum had their article, “Essentials of ambulatory care: An interprofessional workshop to promote core skills and values in team-based outpatient care,” published in MedEdPORTAL. 2018:14:10714.

Congratulations to these Duluth recipients of Pharm.D. teaching awards:

  • Teachers of the Semester for Spring 2018: Venkatram Mereddy, professor, Megan Undeberg, assistant professor, and Grant Anderson, associate professor
  • Teachers of the Year for 2017-18: MereddyJared Van Hooser, assistant professor, and Joseph Johnson, associate professor

Palombi was voted Chair-Elect of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Substance Abuse and Education Special Interest Group (SIG).

Palombi was invited to serve on the 2018–19 AACP Strategic Engagement Committee to: (1) explore faculty leadership and development as it relates to their active participation in strategic engagement-related activities; (2) discuss challenges and barriers for faculty to engage in such strategic engagement-related activities; and (3) identify strategic engagement successes and non-traditional opportunities for faculty and schools to utilize.

David Stenehjem has been promoted to associate professor with tenure.

Heather Blue, 
assistant professor, was recently commended by her St. Luke's colleagues for her outstanding work and leadership during [the April 26] Mass Casualty Incident [Husky Energy Oil Refinery explosion and fire].

The following posters were presented at the 2018 Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists Annual Conference in St. Cloud on April 19, 2018:

  • Blue, Kelsey Melgaard, Laura Carpenter, and Nicholas Van Deelen. “Opioid Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution from a Community Hospital Emergency Department: Healthcare Professionals’ Perceptions Pre-implementation”
  • Laura Palombi, assistant professor, Kelsey Melgaard, Ashley Dahly, and Blue. “Healthcare Provider Perceptions of the Causes and Consequences of the Opioid Crisis in Northeastern Minnesota”
  • Eric Wargel, Roberta Aulie, Soyang Ha, and Blue. “Assessing the Initiation of a Kcentra (Prothrombin Complex Concentrate [Human]) Pharmacist Dosing Service in a Community Hospital”

P. Adam, C. F. Murphy, M. Dierich, and Keri D. Hager, associate professor, had their article, “Seven years of teaching communication with the patient-centered observation form,” published in Family Medicine, 2018;50(2):132-137.

Palombi is featured in the April 9, 2018, Twin Cities Business article, "U of M Institute with a 'Bench-to-Bedside' Mission Receives $42.6M Grant."

Palombi represented the University of Minnesota as a panelist at the 49th Minnesota Health Care Roundtable, "The Opioid Epidemic: Complex Problems, Complex Solutions" on April 26, 2018, in Minneapolis.

To Really See, an art exhibit co-organized by Paul Ranelli, professor, is mentioned in the April 16, 2018, MinnPoststory, "Interfaith lunch attendees to consider ways to address mental illness within congregations."

Randy Seifert, professor, was an invited panelist for the Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health (MARRCH) "Shared Solutions Addiction Summit Addressing the Opioid Epidemic through Collaboration" held April 6, 2018, in Minneapolis, Minn.

Seifert and Shu Ying (Sharon) Ng, teaching specialist (affiliated), are featured in the March/April 2018 Minnesota Medicine article on integration of a clinical pharmacist into a rural mental health center through a partnership with Northern Pines Mental Health Center, Guidepoint Pharmacy, and the College of Pharmacy.

Tim Stratton, professor, co-led a roundtable discussion with Gayle Godfrey, RN, entitled “Advancing Public Health Among Vulnerable Populations” at the Campus Compact Minnesota 2018 Summit: True Stories of Engagement in Minnesota held April 19, 2018, in St. Paul.

March 2018
K. Hager
, associate professor, C. Kolar, and V. Losinski had their article, "Teaching the philosophy of practice as a key component of pharmaceutical care practice," published in Innovations in Pharmacy, March 2018;9(1):Article 18. doi:10.24926/iip.v9i1.1273.

A. H. Klein, assistant professor, J. Bjork, T. Jurgenson, E. Salo, and W. Luu presented "Involvement of KATP channels in the peripheral nervous system in the development of morphine tolerance," at the American Pain Society 2018 Annual Meeting, March 3-6, 2018, in Anaheim, CA. J Pain. 2018 Mar;19(3):S7.

Laura Palombi, assistant professor, and Heather Blue, assistant professor, presented “The Opioid Crisis in Minnesota: On the Ground Approaches” to the Senate Health & Human Services Committee on Opioid Awareness Day at the Minnesota State Capitol, March 1, 2018.

Palombi was selected as PharmD Teacher of the Class of 2018 for Duluth.

Palombi has been appointed Affiliate Faculty in the University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics.

Palombi co-presented a naloxone training for Duluth Drug Court participants at a South St. Louis County Drug Court Family Night on March 9, 2018.

Palombi co-authored the March 17, 2018, Duluth News Tribune commentary, "Local View: Address stigma to reduce opioid overdose deaths." 

Palombi was quoted in the March 18, 2018, Minnesota Daily story, "Opioids might not treat pain better than Tylenol, UMN study says."

Palombi was a panelist at the South Ridge Community Forum on Heroin and Opiates, held March 19, 2018 in Culver, Minn. 

Palombi was featured in the Fox 21 story, "Forum on Opioids Held at South Ridge Schooland the WDIO-TV segment, "Forum Looks at Opioid Epidemic from Community Perspective."

The following were presented at the Advancing Publicly-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Learning to Address Society's Grand Challenges Conference in Minneapolis on March 1, 2018:

  • Paul Ranelli, professor, and project partner, Jes Reyes, "To Really See: Exploring the Medication-taking Experience through Story and Person-centered Art, A Case Study"
  • Palombi and Blue, “Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Minnesota: Putting the Pieces Together”
  • Amy LaRue, Kerry Fierke, associate professor, and Palombi, "A Department Initiative to Increase Community Engagement (CE)"

Ranelli is featured in the March 1, 2018, Clyde Fitch Report article, "Thriving in Science, Working as Artist? Here’s an Elegant Proof."

Tim Stratton, professor, has been selected as recipient of the 2018 Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents' Civic Engagement Steward Award. This award is for an individual student or student organization that models a deep commitment to civic responsibility and leadership, evidenced by initiative, innovative and collaborative approaches to addressing public issues, effective community building, and integration of civic engagement into the college experience. He will be recognized at an awards ceremony at Hamline University on April 19.

D. Stenehjem, assistant professor, T. Au, A. M. Sainski, H. Bauer, K. Brown, J. Lancaster, V. Stevens, and D. I. Brixner had their article, "Impact of a genetic counseling requirement prior to genetic testing," published in BMC Health Services Research. 2018 Mar 7;18(1):i6357.

Y. P. Wu, Stenehjem, L. A. Linder, B. Yu, B. G. Parsons, R. Mooney, and M. N. Fluchel had their article, "Adherence to oral medications during maintenance therapy among children and adolescents with acute lymphoblastic leukemia: A medication refill analysis," published in Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing. 2017 Nov 1;35(2):1043454217741877–93.

Mike Swanoski, associate professor and senior associate dean, is quoted in the March 23, 2018, Next Avenue story, "Bitter Pill: Rural Towns Struggle to Keep Drugstores."

Megan Undeberg, assistant professor, was one of five pharmacists from three states who presented during a panel discussion on "Rural Pharmacist Career Foundations and Options" for the University of Illinois Rockford 4th year rural pharmacist education group on March 6, 2018.

Karen Bastianelli, associate professor, gave two invited podium presentations at INspire 2018, the AACP INterim Meeting in Long Beach, California, February 24–27, 2018: "Using a Dual Level Study Abroad Course to Introduce Pharmacy to Undergraduate Health Science Students" and "NMA/NASPA Self-Care Challenge Update."

KD Hager, associate professor, CF Murphy, D Uden, and B Sick published their article, “Pharmacist-Physician Collaboration at a Family Medicine Residency Program: A Focus Group Study” in Innovations in Pharmacy. 2018 Feb;9(1):Article 9. doi:10.24926/iip.v9i1.948.

Laura Palombi, assistant professor, in collaboration with the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe and St. Louis County Public Health, planned and implemented the Bois Forte Community Forum on Heroin and Opiates held January 30, 2018, at Fortune Bay Resort and Casino. The event included naloxone training for community members, which was led by the Rural AIDS Action Network, and Native speakers including James Cross with Natives Against Heroin. The event attracted over 200 community members from the Bois Forte Band. It was supported by Palombi's subcontract with the Statewide Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grant.

Palombi was one of three guest speakers that focused on the different dimensions of the opioid crisis as part of the University of Minnesota Mini Bioethics Academy. She presented on "Opioid Addiction in America: Leveraging Community Expertise" on February 6, 2018, in Minneapolis.

Palombi and Heather Blue, assistant professor, presented “Engaging Minnesota Pharmacists in Harm Reduction” to the Minnesota State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (composed of professionals from Department of Health, Department of Human Services, and Wilder Research) on February 12, 2018.

Palombi presented “The Opioid Crisis in Minnesota: On the Ground Approaches” with colleagues from the Minnesota Department of Health as a part of three-fold program for Minnesota foundations, February 20, 2018, in St. Paul.

Palombi presented “Naloxone as an Overdose Reversal Agent” with colleagues from St. Louis County Public Health & Human Services at the Carlton County Drug Court Family Night in Cloquet on February 21, 2018.

Palombi presented as a part of a panel at the American Indian Community Housing Organization’s Community Forum on Heroin and Opiates in Duluth on February 27, 2018.

L. Weaver, Palombi, and Bastianelli had their article, "Naloxone administration for opioid overdose reversal in the prehospital setting: Implications for pharmacists," published in the Journal of Pharmacy Practice. 2018 Feb;31(1):91-98. doi: 10.1177/0897190017702304.

A video featuring Paul Ranelli, professor, et al., "To Really See" exhibit is highlighted in the February 2018 Engagement Spotlight by the University of Minnesota Office for Public Engagement. The video features Hennepin County Library and Spectrum ArtWorks staff speaking about the exhibition and its community-focused and stigma-busting intentions. It also includes short interviews with exhibiting artists.

S.VanAlstine, C. Froerer, A. H. Hahn, J. A. Gilreath, A. Agarwal, D. Stenehjem, assistant professor, and E. B. Bailey presented "Targeting bacteroides in the stool microbiome and response to treatment (Rx) with first-line VEGFTKI in metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC)" at 2018 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium, February 8-10, 2018, San Francisco, Calif. J Clin Oncol 36, 2018 (suppl 6S; abstr 584).

Tim Stratton, professor, presented two research posters on behalf of the HOPE Clinic Executive Board at the Society of Student-Run Free Clinics Conference in Omaha, February 24-25, 2018:

  • Carolyn O'Donnell, Leif Olson, Emily Lund, Matthew Eidenschink, Stratton.  "Ten Years of HOPE, Duluth’s Student-Run Clinic for the Underserved."
  • Leif Olson, Tiffany Thurmes, Brandon Westmoreland, Stratton. "HOPE for the Future: a Student-Run Clinic’s Impact on Medical and Pharmacy Student Perceptions and Practice Behaviors."

Megan Undeberg, assistant professor, presented "CHF, Medications, and Monitoring" to nursing students at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College on February 16, 2018.

January 2018
Heather Blue
, assistant professor, and Laura Palombi, assistant professor, are featured in the January 11, 2018, KBJR story, "University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy faculty fight addiction through education."

Palombi is quoted in "Opioids notebook: Genetics one of many causes for opioid addiction" which ran in the Duluth News Tribune, Superior Telegram, The Globe, Brainerd Dispatch, and Echo Press.

Palombi and community partner Amy LaRue presented "The Opioid Crisis: Past, Present and Future" to an audience of over 100 emergency medical service (EMS) professionals (EMT, paramedic, first responder, police, fire fighter) at the 2018 Arrowhead EMS Conference and Expo on January 21, 2018, in Duluth, Minn.

J. A. Gilreath, M. Wei, S. Paul, C. J. Parker, David D. Stenehjem, assistant professor, and G. M. Rodgers had their article, "Dynamic dosing of romiplostim in patients with immune thrombocytopenia purpura: Two case reports," published in Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice. 2018 Jan 1:1078155217752536.

Megan Undeberg, assistant professor, is quoted in the Runner's World story, "17 Over-the-Counter Meds and What They're Best at Treating."


News Archive



December 2017
Nam Chul Kim
, assistant professor, received a $125,000 award from The Winston and Maxine Wallin Neuroscience Discovery Fund – Academic Health Center for the project, “Uncovering Roles of Ubiquitin-dependent Pathways in Neurodegeneration.”

Megan Undeberg, assistant professor, is quoted in the Runner's World story, "17 Over-the-Counter Meds and What They're Best at Treating."

November 2017
Heather Blue, assistant professor, and Laura Palombi, assistant professor, are featured in the October 23, 2017, WDIO-TV segment, "Medical Professionals Trained in Opioid Overdose Reversal Drug."

Blue joined Chad Hartman on WCCO radio on October 27, 2017, to talk about President Trump's announcement on opioids.

Blue presented "Naloxone Mini Update: What can naloxone add to your practice amid the opioid crisis?" to the Duluth Chapter of the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians on November 9, 2017.

Blue presented "Enough Talk About the Opioid Epidemic: What Can Pharmacists Do About It?" to the Arrowhead Chapter of Minnesota Health Systems Pharmacists in Duluth, Minn., on November 14, 2017.

Blue presented a live webinar on "The Pharmacist's Role in Preventing Opioid Overdoses" for the Minnesota Pharmacists Association Virtual Coffee Break on November 15, 2017.

Keri Hager, associate professor, has been selected to participate in the next Intercultural Leadership Development Cohort along with 17 other UMD staff, faculty, and administrators.

Amanda H. Klein, assistant professor, Timothy V. Hartke, Matthew Wooten, Gang Wu, and Matthias Ringkamp presented the poster “Preferential activation of subtypes of polymodal nociceptive C-fibers in pigtail monkey following intradermal injection of ²-alanine and bovine medullary protein 8-22” at the International Association for the Study of Itch, IFSI Annual Meeting in Wrocław, Poland, October 15-17, 2017.

Klein, Matthew Wooten, Timothy V. Hartke, Gang Wu, and Matthias Ringkamp presented the poster, “The MrgprD agonist ²-alanine and bovine adrenal medullary protein 8-22, an MrgprX1 agonist,  preferentially activate subtypes of polymodal nociceptive C-fibers in pigtail monkeys” at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., November 10-15, 2017.

Olihe Okoro, assistant professor, attended the day-long National Research Mentoring Network's Culturally Aware Mentoring Workshop in Madison, Wisc., on October 6, 2017.

Okoro and Shanasha Whitson presented a podium, Engaging the African community in community-based HIV research: Our process, our partnerships, our experiences, presented at the United States Conference on African Immigrant Health [USCAIH], October 6–8, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

Okoro facilitated a session on "Diversity and Inclusion in Academic Medicine" at the Great Lakes Regional BNGAP Conference 2017 held October 20-21, 2017, in Minneapolis, Minn.

Okoro, Corinthian Rutherford, Salaam Witherspoon, and Stephan Witherspoon presented the poster “Leveraging the family influence of women in a community-based health intervention to promote prostate health and general well-being among African American men” at the Center for the Advancement of African-America Men's Health Partnerships (CHAAMPS), National Meeting, October 30-31, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala.

Abstracts were accepted and presented at the American Public Health Association APHA 2017 Annual Meeting, November 4-8, 2017, in Atlanta, Ga.:

  • Okoro, N. Kamau, L. Hillman, and A. Cernasev, presented the poster “Assessing patient satisfaction among low-income African American women: The intersection of race, gender and class.”
  • Okoro and S. Whitson presented an oral podium “Using a culturally-sensitive framework to design culturally-responsive reproductive health education for HIV prevention in African-born immigrant women.”
  • Okoro (lead author), and L. Hillman (presenter). HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis: Exploring the potential for expanding the role of pharmacists’ in public health efforts.

Oscar Garza, Okoro, and L’Aurelle Johnson presented the poster “Equity and Empowerment through Intercultural Competence and Health Equity Education” at the University of Minnesota, Gallery of Excellence/Equity and Diversity Breakfast, November 16, 2017, in Minneapolis, Minn.

Palombi received a $33,932 subaward from the St. Louis County Department of Human Services for the project “St. Louis County Proposal for the Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis.”

Palombi was featured in the October 19, 2017 Health Talk UMN video on "Public Health and Prevention."

Palombi was interviewed by KUMD on October 24, 2017 for the segment, "You can't recover if you're dead: why the moral arguments against Narcan "don't help anyone."

Palombi was featured in the October 26, 2017 "UMN Experts: Opioid addiction is a public health emergency."

Palombi was featured an October 27, 2017 article in The Ely Echo titled "Opioids hot topic at Ely drug forum."

Palombi is featured in the November 2, 2017, Fox21 News segment, "Carlton County Medical Professionals Receive Narcan Training."

More than 230 community members were trained in the use of naloxone at three Community Naloxone Trainings led by Palombi on November 30, 2017. Fox21 and KBJRcarried the story.

Palombi and Blue presented “Naloxone: A Critical Tool to Fight the Opioid Crisis" to prescribers and pharmacists in Ely, Minn., on November 13, 2017.

Palombi, Blue, Mike Swanoski, associate professor, and Hager are featured in the AHC Health Sciences story, "University of Minnesota pharmacists are mobilizing communities to fight the opioid epidemic in Northern Minnesota."

Paul Ranelli, professor, presented two papers at the Humanities in Medicine Symposium 2017 held October 27-29, 2017, in Rochester, Minn.: "Using Theater as a Teaching Tool for Healthcare Professionals and Students (Go Ask Alice)" and "To Really See: Exploring the Medication-taking Experience Through Story and Person-centered Art."

Ranelli is featured in the November 10, 2017, Fox21 News segment, "St. Luke's Showcases Traveling Art Show."

Ranelli’s and Avivo ArtWorks et al. exhibit, "To Really See: Exploring the Medication-Taking Experience," is featured in the December 1, 2017, Avivo Artworks newsletter. Of note is The Minnesota Historical Society's acquisition of two baskets from Avivo ArtWorks Collective Member Martha Bird, one of which, a sculptural basket titled "Medicine Basket with Safety Net," is being displayed with the ArtWorks traveling exhibition "To Really See."

M. Venkatachalam, S. Bobiak, J. W. Shaw, I. Santi, M. Contente, B. Korytowsky, and David D. Stenehjem, assistant professor, presented the poster “Estimated Costs of Treatment-Related Adverse Events for Recurrent or Metastatic Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck in the CheckMate 141 Trial. doi: 10.1093/annonc/mdx374.013” at the European Society for Medical Oncology 42nd Congress, September 8–12, 2017, in Madrid, Spain.

J. P. McPherson, H. R. Namanny, J. L. Brant, P. A. Patterson, J. A. Howell, B. A. Loveday, R. M. Montague, J. J. Piper-Williams, J. S. Shaw, J. E. Sindt, P.D. Thielking, J. E. Biskupiak, A. C. Beck, and Stenehjem presented the poster “Urgent versus elective inpatient anticancer therapy in patients with metastatic solid tumors: analysis of admission characteristics and posthospitalization clinical outcomes [abstract 12]. J Clin Oncol. 2017;35(suppl):31S." at the 2017 Palliative and Supportive Care Symposium in Oncology, October 28, 2017, in San Diego, Calif.

M. Venkatachalam, Stenehjem, N. D. Parikh, P. Singh, B. Marett, B. Sill, T. Wisniewski, V. Prakash, P. Shukla, B. Korytowsky, and M. K. Siddiqui presented the poster “Cost of Treatment-Related Adverse Events (TRAES) In Second-Line (2l) Advanced Hepatocellular Carcinoma (AHCC): Match Adjusted Indirect Comparison (MAIC) Of Nivolumab and Regorafenib. Value in Health. 2017 Oct;20(9):A502–3. doi: 10.1016/j.jval.2017.08.590” at the ISPOR 20th Annual European Congress, November 4-8, 2017, in Glasgow, Scotland.

B. Jahn, U. Rochau, C. Kurzthaler, M. Hubalek, R. Miksad, G. Sroczynski, M. Paulden, M. Bundo, Stenehjem, M. Brixner, M. Krahn, and U. Siebert had their article, “Personalized treatment of women with early breast cancer: a risk-group specific cost-effectiveness analysis of adjuvant chemotherapy accounting for companion prognostic tests OncotypeDX and Adjuvant!” published in BMC Cancer. 2017 Oct 16;17(1):685. doi: 10.1186/s12885-017-3603-z.

Tim Stratton, professor, is featured in the November 3, 2017, Health Talk story, "Q&A: Supporting mental health treatment during and after incarceration."

Stratton is featured in the November 13, 2017, MinnPost story, "Continuum-of-care programs could help ex-offenders treat their mental illness — and stay out of jail."

Swanoski presented "Managing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in Geriatric Patients" at the 2017 American Society of Consultant Pharmacists Annual Meeting held November 2-5, 2017, in Orlando, Fla.


Heather Blue
, assistant professor, and Laura Palombi, assistant professor, presented "Naloxone: A Critical Tool to Fight the Opioid Crisis" to over 50 health care professionals (pharmacists, physicians, nurses, dentists) in Duluth on October 23, 2017. Collaborators included Beth Bilden, MD; Lauren Hanson, PharmD; St. Louis County Public Health & Human Services; and the Minnesota Department of Health.

Dawn Carlson, assistant professor, presented a breakout session titled "Incorporating EPAs into APPE Evaluations" at the E*Value National User Conference held September 20-22, 2017, in Minneapolis. E*Value is the software platform used by the College of Pharmacy for experiential rotation management.

Kerry Fierke, associate professor, and Megan Neuberg, PD4, presented "Leadership Experiences in Healthcare" at the University of Minnesota Duluth Healthcare Management Association Meeting on September 26, 2017.

Fierke presented "Developing Leaders: An Instructional Practice Designed to Identify and Achieve Meaningful Learning Outcomes" at the International Leadership Association 19th Annual Global Conference held October 12-15, 2017, in Brussels, Belgium.

Keri Hager, associate professor, received one of three American Interprofessional Health Collaborative (AIHC) Scholar Awards that covered registration for attendance at Collaborating Across Borders VI. Collaborating Across Borders is North America’s premier interprofessional health care education and collaborative practice conference. Building on the highly successful CAB Conference series (I, II, III, IV, and V), CAB VI links educators, researchers, practitioners, students and patients from Canada and the United States in essential discussions around interprofessional health care education, practice, leadership and policy in North America.

Michelle Johnson-Jennings, associate professor, K. Walters, and Meg Little, assistant professor, had their article, “And [They] even followed her into the hospital: Primary care providers' attitudes toward referral for traditional healing practices and integrating care for Indigenous patients” published in the Journal of Transcultural Nursing. 2017 Sep. doi 104365961773181.

Steven Just, Duluth PD2, was elected the Junior National Student Representative for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society.

Gardner Lepp, education program specialist 2, and Jean Moon led a roundtable discussion on "Precepting Millennials" at the MPhA Medication Therapy Management Symposium on September 7, 2017, in St. Paul.

Palombi was invited to participate in a roundtable with Lt. Governor Tina Smith in Duluth on September 20, 2017. The purpose was to learn more about the partnership between the city, county, non-profits, and medical providers and recent grant funding to address the opioid epidemic.

Palombi presented "Community Engagement to Address Opioid Use Disorder" to over 800 medical professionals at the 1199SEIU symposium, "The Opioid Crisis and Healthcare's Responses: Interprofessional Perspectives," on September 23, 2017, in Manhattan, N.Y.

Palombi and Ali Mueller (Carlton County Public Health Educator) co-presented "Community Strategies to Combat Substance Use Disorder" to the Carlton County "Refire!" group on October 2, 2017, in Carlton, Minn.

Palombi authored the October 2, 2017, MinnPost opinion piece, "We need the president to enact an opioid state of emergency."

Palombi presented "Community Engagement to Address Opioid Use Disorder" at the October 9, 2017, Mini Medical School Series at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Palombi served as a panelist at the Grand Portage Community Forum on Heroin and Opioid Abuse held October 12, 2017, at the Grand Portage Indian Reservation. She shared more about the work of other substance use coalitions around the state, presented on the benefits of drug court, and shared some of the work being done to engage health care systems and providers in naloxone prescribing.

Palombi led the planning of (and spoke at) the Pine County and Mille Lacs Band Mental Health Forum held October 17, 2017, at Grand Casino Hinckley. This event, which attracted over 200 members of the Pine County and Mille Lacs Band community, hosted 10 guest speakers including Congressman Rick Nolan and 24 mental health related resource tables.

Palombi and Blue were featured in the October 23, 2017, Duluth News Tribune article, "Naloxone needs to be more readily available at Northland pharmacies, health professionals told."

Palombi served as a panelist at the Ely Community Forum on Opioid and Methamphetamine Abuse on October 25, 2017.

Mark Schneiderhan, associate professor, and Blue are featured in the October 3, 2017, Health Talk story, "Unfamiliarity with naloxone rules leads to low prescribing rates among MN providers."

K. A. Funk, C. Kolar, Sarah K. Schweiss, assistant professor, J. M. Tingen, and K. K. Janke, had their article, “Experience with the script concordance test to develop clinical reasoning skills in pharmacy students,” published in Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning. 2017 Sep. doi: 10.1016/j.cptl.2017.07.021

September 2017
Keri Hager, associate professor, has been elected to lead the University of Minnesota's Interprofessional Minnesota PrimAry Care Team (IMPACT). The mission of IMPACT is to promote and strengthen an interprofessional patient-centered primary care workforce for the state of Minnesota. Initial efforts have been focused on piloting faculty development around teaching and assessing residents in patient-centered interviewing, and on the development of an interprofessional and curriculum for residents and other Academic Health Center students on the fundamentals of Patient-Centered Healthcare Homes.

At the Minnesota Pharmacists' Association (MPhA) Annual Learning Networking Event held September 7-8, 2017, in St. Paul, Hager and Allyson Schlichte presented "Pearls in Precepting" and "JCPP Pharmacists' Patient Care Process" roundtables; Laura Palombi, assistant professor, presented on the panel, "Addressing Minnesota's Opioid Crisis," and also staffed a booth with Heather Blue, assistant professor, and Landon Weaver for the Minnesota Naloxone Project, where they educated Minnesota pharmacists on the opiate antagonist protocol, demonstrated how to use various forms of naloxone, and gave pharmacists an opportunity to take the Minnesota Naloxone Project survey.

O. N. Okoro, assistant professor, K. M. Bastianelli, associate professor, Y.-F. Wen, E. F. Bilden, B. K. Konowalchuk, and M. E. Schneiderhan, associate professor, had their article, “Awareness of state legislation on naloxone accessibility associated with willingness to prescribe naloxone,” published in Substance Abuse. 2017 Jul. doi: 10.1080/08897077.2017.1356787.

Palombi received the 2017 MPhA Cardinal Health Generation Rx Champions Award, which recognizes excellence in community-based prescription drug abuse prevention. This award honors a pharmacist who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to raising awareness of the dangers of prescription drug abuse among the general public and among the pharmacy community. It is also intended to encourage educational prevention efforts aimed at patients, youth, and other members of the community.

Palombi, Gary Olson (Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment), and Greg Anderson (St. Louis County Social Services) participated in a September 8, 2017, “Almanac North” segment on Grant Aids Fight Against Opioid Abuse.

Palombi and Harold Tu (School of Dentistry) participated in a September 15, 2017, “Almanac Twin Cities” segment on Shifting Opioid Attitudes and Policies.

The public is invited to a reception at St. Luke's Hospital on November 9, 2017, 5–7:30 pm, to meet the organizers of "To Really See: Exploring the Medication Taking Experience Through Art." The exhibit, developed by Paul Ranelli, professor, in partnership with RESOURCE, Hennepin County Library, St. Luke's Hospital, and Genoa, will be on display from October until April 2018.

Randy Seifert, professor, participated in a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA) white paper panel on "Optimizing the Role of Pharmacists in Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders" held September 12, 2017, at SAMSA headquarters in Rockville, Md.

Seifert, Robert Jones and Sharon Ng presented a breakout session on "Pharmacist-Led  Comprehensive Medication Management in an Adult Assertive Community Treatment Team" at the 2017 Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs Mental Health Conference on September 14, 2017 in St. Paul.

M. T. Swanoski, associate professor, M. M. Little, assistant professor, C. A. St Hill, K. B. Ware, S. Chapman, and M. N. Lutfiyya had their article, “Potentially inappropriate medication prescribing in U.S. older adults with selected chronic conditions,” published in The Consultant Pharmacist. 2017 Sep 1;32(9):525-534. doi: 10.4140/TCP.n.2017.525.

August 2017

Keri D. Hager
, associate professor and Heather L. Blue, assistant professor, L. Zhang, and Laura C. Palombi, assistant professor: Poster OPIOIDS: Cultivating Interprofessional Collaboration to Find Solutions to Public Health Problems.

Hager and Palombi presented the group's interprofessional case-based activity with the medical and pharmacy students in Duluth at the Nexus Summit Resource Exchange held August 22, 2017, in Minneapolis. The Nexus Summit is the annual conference hosted by the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education.

C. Kolar, V. Losinski, and Hager had their article, “Beyond the pharmacists’ patient care process: Cultivating patient care practitioners by utilizing the pharmaceutical care framework,” published in the journal Innovation in Pharmacy 2017;8(3): Article 7.

Sha Yang, representing Gardner Lepp, education program specialist 2, and Kerry Fierke, associate professor, presented "Intention/Reflection (I/R) Practice in Pharmacy Education at the Minnesota eLearning Summit held August 2-3, 2017, in Bloomington.

Olihe N. Okoro, assistant professor, and S. O. Whitson, had their article, “HIV risk and barriers to care for African-born immigrant women: A sociocultural outlook,” published in the International Journal of Women’s Health 2017;9:421–429. doi: 10.2147/IJWH.S129355.

Palombi had her article, “Facilitating community engagement in academic pharmacy careers,” published in the journal Innovation in Pharmacy 2017;8(3): Article 6.

Paul Ranelli, professor, is featured in the August 2, 2017, MinnPost story, "Exhibition examines medication's role in everyday life."

Tim Stratton, professor, has been reappointed as Affiliate Faculty in the Center for Bioethics for another three-year term (2017-2020).

B. Rohrer and Stratton had their article, “Continuum of care for inmates taking psychiatric medications while incarcerated in Minnesota county jails,” published in the Journal of Correctional Health Care 2017 Aug. doi: 10.1177/1078345817727283. 

C. A. St. Hill, Mike T. Swanoski, associate professor, M. S. Lipsky, and M. N. Lutfiyya had their article, “A population-based, cross-sectional study examining health services deficits of US veterans using 2014 behavioral risk factor surveillance system data: Is rural residency an independent risk factor after controlling for multiple covariates?” published in Healthcare 2017 Jul 31;5(3):39. doi: 10.3390/healthcare5030039.

Megan Undeberg, assistant professor, had her article, “Executive order 9066 and the corner drugstore of 1940,” published in History of Pharmacy Special Interest Group (SIG) Newsletter: Pharmacy Chronicles Past, Present, and Future. 2017 May.

July 2017
Nam Chul
, assistant professor, received a $180,000 award from the Muscular Dystrophy Association for his project, “Role of a Ubiquitin Ligase, UBE4B, in Mutant VCP-mediated Diseases.”

The following were presented at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) annual meeting held July 15-19, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn.:

  • Grant W. Anderson, associate professor, Haim Einat (Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yafo), and Carl Anderson, pharmacy student: Poster “Development of an Inducible, Autophagy Deficient Mouse Model of Neurologic Disease.”
  • Kerry K. Fierke, associate professor, Kristin Janke, and Todd Sorensen: Leadership Development Special Interest Group: "Meaningful and Manageable Strategies for Assessing Student Leadership Development Across the Pharm.D. Curriculum.”
  • Fierke, Gardner A. Lepp, education program specialist 2, and Forrest Batz (University of Hawaii at Hilo): Poster “An Introductory Approach to Integrating Leadership and Professionalism Into Pharmacy Curriculum.”
  • Keri D. Hager, associate professor, Fierke, and Lepp: Special Session “A Tool for Preceptors: Help Your APPE Students Identify and Achieve Individualized Learning Goals.”
  • Hager: Special Session “Integrating the Pharmacists' Patient Care Process Into the Pharm.D. Curriculum.”
  • Caitlin Frail, Kylee Funk, Hager, Amy L. Pittenger, and Jean Y. Moon: Poster “Student-Driven Practice Management Activities to Enhance Community Pharmacy and Ambulatory Care APPE.”
  • Hager, Anita Sharma (HealthEast), Kristin K. Janke: Poster “Designing a First Year Ambulatory Practice Experience to Emphasize the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process.”
  • Hager, Heather Blue, assistant professor, Lei Zhang (University of Minnesota CTSI), and Laura C. Palombi, assistant professor: Poster “OPIOIDS: Cultivating Interprofessional Collaboration to Find Solutions to Public Health Problems.”
  • Kristin K. Janke, Robert Bechtol, Lepp, Stephanie F. James (Regis University), and Peter Clapp (Regis University): Poster “Developing Consensus on Quality Indicators for Team-Based Learning Application Activities in Pharmacy Education.”
  • Oscar W. Garza, L’Aurelle A. Johnson, Olihe N. Okoro, assistant professor, and Chrystian R. Pereira: School Poster “Empowering Student Pharmacist Innovation and Improving Self Awareness through a Curricular and Co-Curricular Health Equity Leadership Framework.”
  • Okoro and Njoki Kamau, assistant professor, Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Poster “Patient Satisfaction With Care Among Low-Income African American Women.”

Okoro received a $75,000 Center for Healthy African American Men through Partnership (CHAAMPS) award for her project, "Leveraging the family influence of women in a community-based health intervention."

Palombi, co-investigator, received a $35,682 subaward from St. Louis County DHS for the project, “St. Louis County Proposal for the Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis.”

Paul Ranelli, professor, developed an exhibit in partnership with RESOURCE, Hennepin County Library, St. Luke's Hospital, and Genoa. All are invited to the opening reception of "To Really See: Exploring the Medication Taking Experience Through Art" on Thursday, August 10, 5:30-8 pm, Hennepin County Library - Minneapolis Central. The exhibit runs through September 27.

Ranelli has agreed to serve as the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences associate department head, effective immediately.

S. Eum, M. E. Schneiderhan, associate professor, J. T. Brown, assistant professor, A. M. Lee, and J. R. Bishop had their article, “Pharmacogenetic evaluation to assess breakthrough psychosis with aripiprazole long-acting injection: A case report,” published in BMC Psychiatry 2017 Jul 3;17(1):238. doi: 10.1186/s12888-017-1396-x.

K. L. Nelson, D. D. Stenehjem, assistant professor, M. Driscoll, and G. W. Gilcrease had their article, “Fatal statin-induced rhabdomyolysis by possible interaction with palbociclib,” published in Frontiers in Oncology 2017 Jul 17;7:3420.

T. H. Au, K. Wang, Stenehjem, and I. Garrido-Laguna had their article, “Personalized and precision medicine: Integrating genomics into treatment decisions in gastrointestinal malignancies,” published in the Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology 2017 Jun 1;8(3):387–404.

Tim Stratton, professor, BluePalombi, and Schneiderhan conducted a two-hour session on "Ethical Dimensions of the Opioid Abuse Crisis" at the Joseph A. Oddis Ethics Colloquium 2017, part of the ASHP 2017 Summer Meetings & Exhibition in Minneapolis on June 4.

May 2017
Karen Bastianelli
was recently promoted to associate professor.

Kerry Fierke was promoted to associate professor.

Fierke has been elected to a three-year term as Chair-Elect of the 900+ member AACP Leadership Special Interest Group (SIG).

Keri Hager was promoted to associate professor.

The following were presented at Best Practices in Medical Education Day held May 4, 2017, in Minneapolis, Minn.

  • Hager, associate professor, H. L. Blue, assistant professor, L. Zhang, and L. C. Palombi, assistant professor: "OPIOIDS: Cultivating Interprofessional Relationships to Solve Public Health Problems."
  • C. Kolar and Hager: "Introducing the Pharmacists’ Role via Peer Teaching Involving All First and All Second Year Pharmacy Students."

Michelle Johnson-Jennings was promoted to associate professor with tenure.

Amanda Klein, assistant professor, received a $35,000 award from the Grant-in-Aid shared equipment program for a “Leica Cryostat and Vibratome.”

Klein has been appointed to the Early Career Advisory Group of the American Pain Society (2017-2019).

Klein gave two presentations at the American Pain Society Annual Meeting held May 17-20, 2017, in Pittsburgh, Penn.:

  • "Opiate Tolerance and KATP Potassium Channel Signaling" (oral)
  • "Modulation of KATP Channel Activity in the Peripheral Nervous System Reduces Mechanical Hyperalgesia After Nerve Injury" by Jim Bjork, Wing Luu, Taylor Jurgenson, Nicole Entenmann, Klein (poster)

Olihe Okoro, assistant professor, presented "Treat Me as a Person: Healthcare Through the Lenses of Low-income African-American Women" at the Diversity Through the Disciplines Symposium 2017 at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus on April 27, 2017.

Paul Ranelli, professor, presented "Using Theater as an Interprofessional Educational Tool for Healthcare Professionals (Go Ask Alice)" at the Academy of Distinguished Teachers Biennial Conference held April 27, 2017, in Minneapolis, Minn. He described the theater production Go Ask Alice - a play written by Syl Jones, directed by Jack Reuler (Mixed Blood Theater, Minneapolis), and coordinated by Ranelli. Actors from Mixed Blood Theater reprised a scene from the play during the presentation.

A visual arts project by Ranelli titled "To Really See" was featured in an April 10, 2017, audio/print story on the University of Minnesota Access U website.

A May 30, 2017, MinneSOTL post titled "Joining Pharmacy and Design: Reaching Out and Collaborating Across Disciplines" featured an outreach collaboration between Abimbola Asojo (UM Interior Design) and Ranelli.

Mark Schneiderhan, associate professor, and Okoro co-presented in the Pharmacy Track session on “Naloxone: Academic Detailing, Prescribing Practices and Pharmacy School Training” at the National RX Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit held April 17-20, 2017, in Atlanta, Ga.

Sarah Schweiss, assistant professor, et al. had their recent publication, "Expanding Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency Education Through a Multisite University-Affiliated Model," highlighted in a MinneSOTL post on April 21, 2017.

Randy Seifert, senior associate dean and professor, has been named the Peters Endowed Chair in Pharmacy Practice Innovation, effective July 1, 2017. Along with his new role as Peters Chair, Seifert will serve as a co-director of the college's Center for Leading Healthcare Change and will have an affiliate appointment as a Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems. He will also serve as Director of Advocacy within the Professional and External Relations Division and will oversee government relations activities, including working with the Advocacy Task Force, and serving as a liaison to the Board of Pharmacy and the Minnesota Society of Health Systems Pharmacy Board of Directors. He will remain tenured in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences (PPPS).

David Stenehjem, assistant professor, received two subawards from the University of Utah for the projects:
“Treatment Patterns, Patient Outcomes, and Healthcare Charges in Hemophilia at Hemophilia Treatment Centers in the Intermountain West” (Biogen Idec; $33,375)
“Characterizing the Non-medical Resource Utilization of Caregivers of Individuals with Glioblastoma Multiforme” (Bristol Myers Squibb; $20,025)

April 2017
Karen Bastianelli
, assistant professor, presented "Considerations in Treating Mental Health Conditions in Older Adults" at the Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies Throughout the Second Half of Life Conference held April 18, 2017, at the University of Wisconsin - Superior.

Bastianelli, L. Nelson, and Laura Palombi, assistant professor, had their article, "Perceptions of pharmacists’ role in the health care team through student-pharmacist led point of care screenings and its future application in health care," published in Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning 2017 March/April;9(2):195-200.

R. C. Haight, C. Kolar, M. H. Nelson, K. Fierke, assistant professor, B. J. Sucher, and K. K. Janke had their article, “Emotionally intelligent leadership in pharmacy students,” published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 2017 Mar 25;81(2):29. doi: 10.5688/ajpe81229

Keri Hager, assistant professor, presented "What is this Wheel? Incorporating the Pharmacists' Patient Care Process into Experiential Rotations" three times in March-April 2017: March 21-22 at Roseman University College of Pharmacy for their Preceptor Continuing Education Workshops in Henderson, Nev., and South Jordan, Utah; March 27 as a Collaborative Education Institute Preceptor Development Continuing Education Institute Webinar; and April 6 to the Minnesota Society of Health-system Pharmacists Arrowhead Chapter in Duluth, Minn.

Palombi was invited to speak on "This I Believe" at the 2017 Minnesota Campus Compact Annual Summit and Awards Luncheon held April 5, 2017, at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn.

Paul Ranelli, professor, received a $3,500 award from the Provost’s Imagine Fund for Arts and Humanities for the project, "To Really See: Exploring Medicines & the Medication-taking Experience Through Visual Arts."

N. A. DiPietro Mager, L. Ochs, Ranelli, A. A. Kahaleh, M. R. Lahoz, R. V. Patel, O. W. Garza, D. Isaacs, and S. Clark had their article, “Partners in Public Health: Public Health Collaborations With Schools of Pharmacy, 2015” published in Public Health Reports 2017;132(3)1-6.

Brittney Rohrer, PD4, and Tim Stratton, professor, presented a poster titled "Continuum-of-Care for Inmates Taking Psychiatric Medications While Incarcerated in Minnesota County Jails" at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) annual meeting held March 24-27, 2017, in San Francisco, Calif. The poster described Rohrer’s survey of Minnesota county jails for the Colloquium course.

Randy Seifert, senior associate dean and professor, has been selected as the 2016 Lawrence C. and Delores M. Weaver Medal recipient. The award is given annually to someone who supports the college and its students through service to education, the profession, research and the community. He will be honored at receptions in the Twin Cities and Duluth on April 19 and April 26, 2017, respectively.

Seifert has been invited to join the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) Advisory Committee.

Seifert is mentioned in the March 23, 2017, Duluth News Tribune story, "$8 million sought for rural cancer care in Minnesota."

March 2017
Keri Hager, assistant professor, was invited to present "What is this Wheel? Incorporating the Pharmacists' Patient Care Process into Experiential Rotations" at Roseman University College of Pharmacy Preceptor Continuing Education Workshops held at their South Jordan, Utah, and Henderson, Nev., campuses, March 21-22, 2017.

"Latent Demand for Pharmacists: Evidence from the 2015-2016 National Consumer Survey on the Medication Experience and Pharmacists Roles" by J. C. Schommer, L. B. Brown, A. Bortz, A. Cernasev, B. T. Gomaa, Hager, L. Hillman, Olihe Okoro, assistant professor, S. V. Pakhomov, and Paul Ranelli, professor, was presented at the APhA-APRS Economic, Social and Administrative Sciences Section Contributed Papers Poster Session at the APhA Annual Meeting held in San Francisco, Calif., March 24-27, 2017.

Derek Jennings, assistant professor, is quoted in the March 9, 2017, TBNews story, "Lakehead explores possible indigenous research institute."

Michelle Johnson-Jennings, assistant professor, is featured in the March 9, 2017, UMD News story on "Hope and Healing."

Okoro facilitated two workshops at the UMD Summit on Equity, Diversity, Multiculturalism, and Student Leadership held February 22, 2017:
(1) Harnessing cultural diversity to enrich student learning and campus climate [Collaboration with Health Services and International Student Services]; and
(2) Leveraging cultural diversity to enhance student learning: How faculty can use cross-cultural classroom encounters to enrich learning [Collaboration with Dr. Ariri Onchwari, Dr. Insoon Han, and Dr. Chang’aa Mweti from UMD Department of Education]

Laura Palombi, assistant professor, is featured in the March 20, 2017, U of M story, "Tackling substance abuse together."

Mike Swanoski, associate professor, has been selected as Duluth Teacher of the Class of 2017.

Yao Yao, assistant professor, received the Stroke Basic Science Award from the American Stroke Association. The award encourages investigators to undertake or continue basic or translational science research in the field of cerebrovascular disease.

February 2017
Amanda Klein, assistant professor, presented "Opiate Receptor Signaling and the Involvement of Potassium Channel Activity on Morphine Efficacy and Tolerance" on February 17, 2017, for the Swenson College of Science and Engineering Weekly Seminar Series at UMD.

Laura Palombi, assistant professor, has been selected as recipient of the 2017 Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents' Civic Engagement Steward Award. This award is given to a member of the faculty, administration, or staff that has significantly advanced their campus' distinctive civic mission by forming strong partnerships, supporting others' civic engagement, and institutionalizing a culture and practice of engagement. Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents’ Awards provide an opportunity for member presidents and chancellors to give statewide recognition to effective leaders in the development of campus-community partnerships. Palombi will be recognized along with other campus winners during an awards luncheon at the University of St. Thomas on April 5, 2017.

J. Gautam, A. Nirwane, and Yao Yao, assistant professor, had their article “Laminin differentially regulates the stemness of type I and type II pericytes,” published in Stem Cell Research and Therapy, 2017 Feb 7;8(1):28. doi: 10.1186/s13287-017-0479-4.

January 2017
Grant Anderson
, professor, presented "The Impact of Iron Deficiency on the Thyroid Axis During Brain Development" as part of the University of Minnesota Department of Medicine Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism seminar series held January 12, 2017, in Minneapolis, Minn.

Jacob Brown, assistant professor, presented "Pharmacogenomics of Psychiatric Medications" at the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists  (MSHP)-Arrowhead Meeting on January 19, 2017, in Duluth, Minn.

Kerry Fierke, assistant professor, and Gardner Lepp, education program specialist 2, led a workshop on "Engaging Students: Leadership and Professionalism in Today’s College Classrooms" for faculty at the University of Hawaii at Hilo on January 4, 2017.

Michelle Johnson-Jennings, assistant professor, received a $175,567 subaward from  Florida State University for the project, "Intertribal Talking Circle for the Prevention of Substance Abuse in Native Youth.”

The following posters were presented at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting held December 4–8, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nev.:

  • Y. Wei, H. Chang, Danielle MacDonald, adjunct assistant professor, and Keri D. Hager, assistant professor: Drug Therapy Problem Identification and Resolution at Duluth Family Medicine Clinic.
  • E. Grafton and Hager: Comparing First and Third-Year Family Medicine Residents’ Perceptions of Collaboration with Pharmacists at the Duluth Family Medicine Clinic.

Paul Ranelli, professor, and SAPH graduate student Alyssa Bortz were quoted in the December 1, 2016, Minnesota Daily story, "Mixed Blood Theater and U's pharmacy school stage play about healthcare."

Ranelli, Bortz, and Jon Schommer were featured in the November 29, 2016, Duluth News Tribune's "Health Notes: The play's the thing."

Mark Schneiderhan, associate professor, was featured in the December 13, 2016, AHC Health Talk story, "Increasing Naloxone’s Accessibility, as the Drug Marks One Year in Minnesota Pharmacies."

Randy Seifert, senior associate dean, testified at the December 6, 2016, Legislative Health Care Workforce Commission at the State Capitol regarding the College of Pharmacy’s community engagement and efforts in mental health.

Yao Yao, assistant professor, gave an invited talk "The Role of Pericyte-derived Laminin in Blood Brain Barrier Integrity" at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Meeting: Blood Brain Barrier held December 7–10, 2016, in Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.



Legislative Commission Briefed on Mental Health Efforts
December 2016
Randy Seifert testified at the December 6, 2016, Legislative Health Care Workforce Commission at the State Capitol regarding the College of Pharmacy's community engagement and efforts in mental health.

Two Adjunct Faculty Join PPPS
November 2016
Ann Yapel and Danielle MacDonald, pharmacists at Duluth Family Medicine Clinic and Essentia Health, have joined PPPS as adjunct faculty.

Annual Flu Clinic Off to Record Start
October 2016
A record-setting 1,098 flu shots were given during the first of two flu clinics sponsored by UMD Health Services, the College of Pharmacy (CoP) and the Employee Health and Wellness Center for the UMD campus community. CoP Duluth students staffed the October 12, 2016, event and faculty precepted.

CoP Duluth Staff Appointed Board Chair

October 2016
Sean Hall has been appointed Board Chair of the NorthEast Alliance for Telecommunications (NEAT), a consortium for education, communication and technology.

Dr. Swanoski to Serve on ASCP Committee
October 2016
Mike Swanoski has been elected to serve on the Pharmacy Educators and Research Committee of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) for 2016-2017.

Dr. Carlson Receives Prestigious MPhA Award
September 2016
Dawn Carlson received the Harold R. Popp Award, which is the highest honor bestowed by the Minnesota Pharmacists Association (MPhA). The award was established in 1969 in honor of the late Senator Harold R. Popp to recognize one pharmacist annually for their outstanding service to the profession of pharmacy.

Dr. Palombi Appointed Adjunct in School of Public Health
August 2016
Laura Palombi has been appointed adjunct faculty in the School of Public Health for its Public Health Practice program.

Dissemination Workshop on HIV Prevention a Success
August 2016
Olihe Okoro hosted a two-day dissemination conference/training workshop titled "HIV Prevention in the African Born Immigrant Communities: Strategies and Approaches that Work" on July 21-22, 2016, at the Continuing Education Conference Center, in St. Paul, MN. There were 113 registered participants and 21 community collaborators/vendors.

Dr. Ranelli Appointed to Governing Council
August 2016
Paul Ranelli was elected to a two-year, at-large seat on the Governing Council representing unaffiliated members of the Pharmacy Special Primary Interest Group (SPIG) of the American Public Health Association (APHA). The Governing Council is the representative legislative body of the APHA and consists of voting and nonvoting members who represent different constituencies within APHA.

Associate Member Appointee
July 2016
Keri Hager has been accepted as an Associate Member in the Wulling Center for Innovation & Scholarship in Pharmacy Education for her work as an emerging scholar in teaching and learning.

Meritorious Service Award Winners Named
June 2016
Congratulations to 2015 College of Pharmacy Meritorious Service Award recipients honored at an Employee Recognition Event at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum on May 20, 2016. Duluth awardees included: Eric Shilinski, Olivia Buncher, Sean Hall, and Katie Vukelich.

Working to Bridge the Gap
April 2016
Mark Schneiderhan was featured in the Health Talk blog story "Pharmacists bridge gap between mental health care and primary health care systems."

Dr. Undeberg Participates in Local Discussion with Senator Franken
March 2016
Megan Undeberg participated in a roundtable discussion at Essentia Health-Hermantown Clinic on the affordability of medications for senior citizens as part of Senator Al Franken's visit to the northland on March 29, 2016.

Duluth Teacher of the Class
March 2016
Mike Swanoski has been selected as Duluth Teacher of the Class of 2016.

Faculty Awarded Fulbright Grant
March 2016
Michelle Johnson-Jennings has been awarded a Fulbright Core US Scholar grant to study "Developing an Innovative Indigenous Framework for Indigenous Traditional Healing and the Integration within Western Medicine" at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand, and University of Auckland, as well as visiting Sidney, Australia. This will occur during spring 2017-fall 2017.

Weaver Medal Recipient Named
February 2016
Tim Stratton, Ph.D., professor and senior associate to the dean for assessment and accreditation at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, has been selected as the 2015 Lawrence C. and Delores M. Weaver Medal recipient. The award is given annually to someone who supports the college and its students through service to education, the profession, research and the community. A faculty member since 2004, Stratton was recognized for providing outstanding and sustained contributions to the college and its students, communities in Greater Minnesota and underserved populations.

Dr. Carlson Selected for Leadership Program
February 2016
Dawn Carlson has been selected for the Grand Rapids cohort that will participate in the Blandin Community Leadership Program (BCLP) beginning with a retreat on March 14-18, 2016, followed by three one-day workshops over a six-month period. The BCLP is nationally recognized and works with emerging and established leaders in rural communities to deepen their understanding of community dynamics and strengthen their skills for initiating and managing change. It is centered on three core competencies of community leadership that are essential for building and sustaining healthy community: framing, building social capital, and mobilizing.



Teachers of the Semester Named
December 2015
Congratulations to PPPS faculty Mike Swanoski and Yao Yao who were among College of Pharmacy faculty selected as fall Teachers of the Semester by the Class of 2017 and 2018, respectively.

Dr. Schweiss Appointed Vice-Chair of ACCP Committee
November 2015
Sarah Schweiss has been appointed to a one-year (2015-2016) term as Vice-Chair of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Ambulatory Care PRN's Networking Committee. The Networking Committee is responsible for developing and organizing networking functions that foster interaction among members at numerous national pharmacy meetings.

Students Participate in Operation Community Connect
October 2015
Pharmacy and Medical School students participated in Operation Community Connect, a resource day for the homeless in Carlton County held October 20, 2015. Students were given an opportunity to work alongside multiple agencies to provide hundreds of residents of rural Carlton County with the services and resources needed to get back on their feet again. Pharmacy students provided point-of-care screenings for glucose cholesterol and blood pressure and served at intake and childcare stations with their Medical School colleagues. In addition, Pharmacy students helped administer 60 flu vaccines by pairing up with public health nurses and a nursing student as part of a new interprofessional model of immunization practice.

Faculty Fellow Named
October 2015
Michelle Johnson-Jennings has been selected as a Spirit of EAGLES Cohort 3 Hampton Faculty Fellow.

Dr. Okoro Attends Cultural Competency Training
October 2015
Olihe Okoro has been accepted to The Cross Cultural Health Care Program's Training of Trainers Institute on "Closing the Gap: Cultural Competence in Health and Human Services."

Academic Health Center Women's Mentoring Program

October 2015
The goals of the program are:

  • To promote a supportive and positive environment for the career development of women faculty in Medical School, Duluth campus and College of Pharmacy Duluth
  • To assist participants in career development and achieving balance between career and personal life
  • Provide opportunities to learn new skills, exchange ideas and advice, network, and problem solve.

Community Forum Held
October 2015
Laura Palombi and numerous tribal, city, county, and state collaborators organized and hosted a successful Carlton County Opioid and Heroin Community Forum on Monday, October 5, 2015, in Cloquet, MN. More than 100 people attended this powerful public event to create awareness about the problem of drug abuse in Carlton County.

Panel Discussion on Opiates

September 2015
Laura Palombi participated in a pharmacy and distribution panel at the Pain. Pill. Problem. Conference held August 25, 2015, in Minneapolis, MN. The conference, co-organized by the Office of Governor Mark Dayton and the U.S. Attorney's Office, examined the many facets of Minnesota's issues with opiate abuse. More than 1,000 people from Minnesota's medical, justice, and social service communities attended.

Student Team a Finalist in Competition
August 2015
A student team from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Duluth and Twin Cities campuses has been named a finalist in the 2015 Good Neighbor Pharmacy National Chain Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition. They will present their business plans in a live competition October 10 at NCPA's Annual Convention in the Washington DC area. Faculty advisor is Randy Seifert, Sr. Associate Dean and Professor.

Team Receives AACP Award
May 2015
Keri Hager and TC colleagues Kristin Janke, Jim Beattie and Shannon Reidt received the highly-competitive Innovations in Teaching Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) for their project, "When Drug Literature Evaluation Isn't Enough: Implementing a Longitudinal Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) Sequence with a First-Year Milestone EBM Assessment."

Three Individuals Received Recognition Through UMD's 2015 Student Awards Program
April 2015
Kerry Fierke received the Outstanding Faculty Award, which is given to members of the faculty who have displayed outstanding abilities in the realm of teaching and instruction, calling attention to their contributions to the educational advancement of students, to the UMD community, and the general pursuit of knowledge by all.

Sean Hall received the Outstanding Staff award, which is given to any non-student, non-faculty employee of the university who has demonstrated support and concern for the well-being of students and the University. This individual has gone above and beyond requirements to aid students.

Anthony Olson, a fourth year student on the Duluth campus, received the Bulldog Award (Graduate), which is awarded to graduate students who have served in at least one area where outstanding service has positively affected the University community within the past calendar year.

Meritorious Service Awards Announced
January 2015
Anna Firoozi, Terri Krause, and Julie Smith received staff meritorious service awards and were recognized at the College of Pharmacy's Employee Day Celebration held January 5, 2015, in Duluth.



Dr. Hager Earns Advanced Certification
December 2014
Keri Hager passed the Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP) specialty exam. This replaces her credentials as a board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) effective January 1, 2015.

Drs. Schweiss and Hager Appointed AACP Committees
November 2014
Sarah Schweiss has been appointed to a one-year term on the American College of Clinical Pharmacy's (ACCP) Networking Committee responsible for organizing the Ambulatory Care Practice and Research Network (PRN) networking functions at annual and spring forum meetings including logistics and programming that fosters interaction among members. Keri Hager has been appointed to one-year terms on both the Advocacy Committee responsible for disseminating information to members about legislative efforts, opportunities and news; and the Membership Committee responsible for developing and implementing strategies to increase PRN membership and retain current members.

Campus-wide Flu Clinic a Huge Success
October 2014
Students in the Community Based Immunization Delivery class helped administer over 900 flu shots to UMD students, faculty, staff, and dependents at the first of two campus-wide flu clinics held October 14, 2014. The clinics, made possible through the cooperative effort and sponsorship of UMD Health services, QuickCare, and the College of Pharmacy, give Pharmacy students not only valuable experience in vaccinating but also in registering and screening patients.

Alumnus Named Coast Guard Pharmacist of the Year
October 2014
Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Jeremy Gustafson (CoP Class of 2008, Duluth campus), a pharmacist at the United States Coast Guard Training Center in Petaluma, California, was recently named the Coast Guard Pharmacist of the Year for his dedication to excellence as a pharmacist, Public Health Service officer, and Coast Guard officer. In the past year, LCDR Gustafson bridged a regional pharmacy gap to ensure pharmacy services and support were not interrupted during permanent change of station moves. He worked to provide educational opportunities for Coast Guard health technicians. He also sought opportunities to broaden the pharmacist role in patient care for his clinic.

Dr. Mereddy Receives Grant From Department of Defense
October 2014
Venkatram Mereddy received a $1,013,803 award over three years (January 2015-2018) from the Department of Defense-Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program-Breast Cancer Research Program for the project, "Development of Novel Drugs for High-Risk Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Treatment." Medical School colleagues, Les Drewes and Teresa Hellekant, are Co-PI and Co-I on the project.

Dr. Ranelli Appointed to Public Health SIG
October 2014
Paul Ranelli has been appointed to the Development Committee of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Public Health SIG for the 2014-15 academic year.

Dr. Hager Receives Distinguished Award
September 2014
Keri Hager was awarded the 2014 Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award at the Minnesota Pharmacists Association (MPhA) Annual Meeting held September 13-14, 2014, in St. Paul. Hager was recognized for her contributions to patient care, leadership in and out of pharmacy and her community service.

Dr. Sheets Elected to Biophysical Society
August 2014
Erin Sheets has been elected to the Council of the Biophysical Society for a three-year term beginning February 2015. The Biophysical Society, whose mission is to encourage development and dissemination of knowledge in biophysics, has over 9,000 members and is internationally renown for its science and excellence.

Dr. Fierke Elected Leadership SIG Secretary
July 2014
Kerry Fierke has been elected American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Leadership SIG Secretary for a two-year term. The mission of this special interest group (SIG) is to support the development of leaders in all facets of the pharmacy profession and the Academy.

Dr. Johnson-Jennings Awarded RO1 as Co-Investigator
May 2014
Michelle Johnson-Jennings received a National Institutes of Health National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIH/NIDA) R01 as co-investigator with Dr. John Lowe from Florida Atlantic University entitled "Intertribal Talking Circle for the Prevention of Substance Abuse in Native Youth" (May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015; total award $623,900). A community-based participatory research approach will be used to culturally and technologically adapt the Intertribal Talking Circle (ITC) Intervention for Indigenous populations in Minnesota, Oklahoma and North Carolina. A two-condition controlled study will evaluate the efficacy of the ITC to increase American Indian (AI) youth self-reliance while decreasing AI youth substance use involvement.

Duluth Faculty and Graduate Student Elected to Office
April 2014
Dan Tomaszewski (faculty) was elected chair and Reid Smith (graduate student) vice chair/chair-elect of the Duluth Area Pharmacists (DAP) for a one-year term.

Dr. Johnson-Jennings Selected for Leadership Program
April 2014
Michelle Johnson-Jennings was selected for the Harvard Graduate School of Education Women in Education Leadership program held March 6-8, 2014, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Dr. Ranelli Nominated to Mental Health Workgroup
February 2014
Paul Ranelli has been selected as a nominee to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Pharmacy Quality Alliance workgroup on mental health.

Meritorious Service Awards Announced
February 2014
Congratulations to the following staff members who received meritorious service awards and were recognized at the College of Pharmacy's Employee Day Celebration held January 15, 2014, in St. Paul: Lisa Erickson, Laurie Fosnacht, Sean Hall, Gardner Lepp, and Katie Vukelich.



Dr. Schweiss Earns Advanced Certification
December 2013
Sarah Schweiss recently passed the Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP) exam through the Board of Pharmacy Specialties. Her certification is valid through 2020.

Dr. Hager Leads Study with Local Trucking Company
November 2013
The Halvor Lines blood pressure study led by Keri Hager was highlighted in the Duluth News Tribune story, "Northland truckers navigate new road to health" on November 3, 2013.

Dr. Undeberg Appointed to Selection Committee

November 2013
Megan Undeberg will serve on the 2013-14 selection committee for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Rufus A. Lyman Award, which is presented annually to the author(s) of the best paper published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.

Duluth Program Celebrates Milestone
November 2013
The College of Pharmacy, Duluth, celebrated its 10th anniversary on October 4, 2013, at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center.

Dr. Schweiss Appointed Residency Director

August 2013
Sarah Schweiss has been appointed Assistant Residency Director of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Ambulatory Care Residency Program.

Dr. Schneiderhan Editorials on Synthetic Drugs

June 2013
Two "Local View" editorials by Mark Schneiderhan on the subject of synthetic drugs were published by the Duluth News-Tribune on June 1, 2013: (1) Demystify synthetic demons by focusing on effects, not chemicals.

Dr. Swanoski Retains Advanced Certification
May 2013
Mike Swanoski passed the Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (CGP) exam which extends his CGP credentials an additional five years. CGPs, as defined by the Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy, demonstrate an advanced level of knowledge, education, experience, and skills beyond the requirements for licensure in pharmacotherapy for seniors.

Drs. Seifert and Hager Appointed MPhA Officers
May 2013
Randy Seifert has been named President-Elect of the Minnesota Pharmacists Association (MPhA) and Keri Hager has been re-elected as Board Member-at-Large for a two-year term.

Student-run Clinic in the News

May 2013
Duluth Pharmacy students Abby Steele and Bill Vouk and colleagues from the Medical School Duluth were featured in an April 17, 2013, segment on FOX 21 News titled "Students Bring 'HOPE' to Duluth." It highlighted their work at the Health of People Everywhere (HOPE) clinic, a student run clinic located in the CHUM center in downtown Duluth.

Dr. Anderson Named Department Head
April 2013
Grant Anderson, PhD, was appointed Department Head for Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences (PPPS) effective April 15, 2013. Anderson joined the College of Pharmacy, Duluth, in 2003 as one of its original eight faculty members. He currently serves as the director of graduate studies for PPPS and as co-chair of the Curriculum Revision Steering Committee.

Alumnus David Salo Receives Award
April 2013
Duluth class of 2008 and pharmacist in charge at Essentia Health, David Salo, is the 2013 recipient of the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) Rising Star New Practitioner Award. This award is presented to a newly licensed health-system pharmacist practitioner (in the first 5 years of practice) in recognition of outstanding performance and enthusiasm for the profession as well as active involvement in MSHP.

Dr. Johnson-Jennings, "AHC Gamechanger"
March 2013
Michelle Johnson-Jennings was featured in "AHC Gamechanger" published March 18, 2013, in Health Talk--a health news blog published by the UM Academic Health Center.

Dr. Hartz and Alzheimer's Research
March 2013
Anika Hartz and her research in Alzheimer's Disease were featured in the Northland's NewsCenter Making a Difference segment, which aired March 14, 2013, during the 10 PM newscast. 

Work of Bauer-Hartz Team Highlighted in Story

March 2013
Anika Hartz and Bjoern Bauer were featured in the Duluth News Tribune story, "Husband-wife team conducts ambitious brain research at UMD" on March 2, 2013.

Dr. Johnson-Jennings Appointed to NIH Work Group

March 2013
Michelle Johnson-Jennings has been appointed to the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) American Indian/Alaska Native Researchers and Scholars Work Group. This group provides recommendations to NIDA on research needed to better understand, prevent, and treat substance abuse and addiction in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations and to develop addiction research capacity development in AI/AN communities. 

Dr. Undeberg Volunteers for Nationwide Study 
February 2013
Megan Undeberg was interviewed for the Northland's NewsCenter story, "The American Cancer Society Seeks Volunteers for Nationwide Study," which aired February 27, 2013.

Dr. Swanoski Participates in Panel Discussion

February 2013
Mike Swanoski was a panelist on the WDSE public television program, Doctors On Call, on February 22, 2013, where he, two physicians and a physician moderator discussed and responded to viewer questions on "Hypertension."

Dr. Mereddy Appointed to Editorial Board
February 2013
Venkatram Mereddy has joined the editorial advisory board of the Biochemical and Biophysical Journal of Neutron Therapy & Cancer Treatment.

Dr. Bauer Appointed to Steering Committee
February 2013
Bjoern Bauer has been elected to the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Drug Transporter Focus Group Steering Committee for a three-year term.

Dr. Hartz Awarded McKnight

February 2013
Anika Hartz was selected as a recipient of the University of Minnesota McKnight Land-Grant Professorship, a unique two-year award designed to enhance the careers of its most promising junior faculty. The Professorship is for the period July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2015.

Dr. Hager and UMD Employee Wellness Team
January 2013
The University of Minnesota Duluth achieved Fit Friendly Company recognition from the American Heart Association for the second consecutive year. The Fit-Friendly program recognizes employers who champion the health of their employees and work to create a culture of physical activity and health in the workplace. Keri Hager, director of the Medication Therapy Management Clinic at UMD, is a member of its employee wellness team.

Dr. Tomaszewski Offers Expertise
January 2013
Dan Tomaszewski was interviewed by two local TV stations (Northland's NewsCenter and KQDS Fox 21) regarding the flu outbreak.



Dr. Tomaszewski Participates in Live Broadcast 
December 2012
Dan Tomaszewski appeared on the WDSE public television program, Doctors on Call, on December 20, 2012. The topic was "Healthy Living and Seeking Balance."

Sr. Associate Dean Randy Seifert Receives Award

November 2012
Randy Seifert was named recipient of the Pharmacy Alumni Society Faculty Recognition Award, which is given in recognition of support and extraordinary contributions to alumni, the College of Pharmacy, the University of Minnesota and/or the profession of pharmacy.

Dr. Hager Elected to Steering Committee
October 2012
Keri Hager, assistant professor, was appointed to the Essentia Institute of Rural Health Family Medicine Residency Education Steering Committee as a pharmacist member.Paul Ranelli, interim department head and professor, was elected to one of the Section Councilor positions in the Medical Care Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA). His term begins after the APHA annual meeting in October 2012 and runs until fall 2015.

Staff Receive Awards
August 2012
Several staff received 2012 College of Pharmacy (CoP) Meritorious Service Awards at the CoP Employee Day celebration held August 10 at the Duluth Depot. Receiving P&A awards were: Terri Krause, administrative manager; Amy Renne, associate academic advisor; and Stacy Tomhave, coordinator. Receiving civil service/bargaining unit awards were: Anna Firoozi, executive operations/student services specialist; and Britt Johnson, junior scientist.

Dr. Anderson Appointed to Boards
July 2012
Grant Anderson, associate professor and director of graduate studies, was appointed to a one-year term on the Perchlorate Advisory Panel of the US Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board (SAB). Their purpose is to conduct an advisory activity related to the development of a maximum contaminant level goal for perchlorate. Anderson was also appointed to a four-year term on the editorial board of the Journal of Neuroendocrinology, an international journal intended to act as a focus for the newest ideas, knowledge and technology in the neurosciences.

Dr. Bauer Named Handling Editor
July 2012
Bjoern Bauer, assistant professor, was asked to serve a three-year term as handling editor for Fluids and Barriers of the CNS, an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal whose focus is on CNS fluids and barrier systems in health and disease.

Dr. Hager Appointed to Boards
May 2012
Keri Hager, assistant professor, was elected to the Minnesota Pharmacists Association (MPhA) Board of Directors for a one-year, at-large position beginning June 2012. Hager was also elected to the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Century Mortar Club Board of Directors for a three-year term beginning May 2012.

Dr. Johnson-Jennings Named Co-Director of Center
May 2012
Michelle Johnson-Jennings, assistant professor, and Melissa Walls of the Medical School Duluth were named co-directors of the Research for Indigenous Community Health (RICH) Center—an interdisciplinary American Indian health equities research collaboration between the College of Pharmacy and School of Medicine. RICH seeks to build research collaborations within and across campuses and tribal entities to address American Indian health inequities and disparities.

Dr. Ranelli Named Badger of the Year
April 2012
Paul Ranelli, professor, was selected as Badger of the Year by the Twin Ports Badgers Chapter of the Wisconsin Alumni Association. This award is given annually to a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate who lives in the Duluth area and has made a difference in our community. He accepted the award at a Founders’ Day 2012 chapter event in Duluth on April 25, 2012.

Student Organization Takes First Place in Competition
March 2012
The UMD Multicultural Pharmacy Student Organization (MPSO) took first place in the 4th WorldQuest International Trivia Competition hosted by the Alworth Institute on February 23, 2012. Twenty-three teams of eight competed to answer questions on flags and capitals, geographical features and international borders, and people and events in the news. Teams of UMD students, faculty and staff competed alongside teams from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and the local community. Each placing team received a gift to an international non-profit of their choice.

Dr. Tomaszewski Appointed to Drug Formulary Committee
February 2012
Dan Tomaszewski, graduate instructor, was appointed to the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) Drug Formulary Committee for a three-year term. The Drug Formulary Committee functions as a pharmacy and therapeutics (P&T) committee for Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) advising the DHS on drug coverage issues.



Drs. Schweiss and Hager Appointed to Local Board
November 2011
Sarah Schweiss, assistant professor, and Keri Hager, assistant professor, were appointed to the executive board of the Duluth Area Pharmacists (DAP) organization for a one-year term.

Proposal for Duluth Imaging Center Funded
June 2011
Bjoern Bauer, assistant professor, and co-investigators Anika Hartz, assistant professor; Matthew Andrews, CSE; Clay Carter, CSE; Venkatram Mereddy, CSE/Pharmacy associate professor; Xun Yu, CSE; and Lester Drewes, Medical School, received word that their Duluth Imaging Center proposal to the Infrastructure Investment Initiative (I3) has been funded. Click here for the Office of Vice President for Research (OVPR) announcement and press release.

PPPS Appoints New Department Head
April 2011
Marcia Worley, associate professor, was appointed to serve as Department Head for PPPS. Dr. Worley joined the faculty in 2003 and served as associate department head since 2009.

Faculty to Join Editorial Boards
November 2010 and February 2011
Bjoern Bauer, assistant professor, was invited to join the editorial boards of two journals: Fluids and Barriers of the CNS (formerly Cerebrospinal Fluid Research) and Pharmacologia. Haim Einat, associate professor, was invited to serve on the editorial board of Acta Neuropsychiatrica, an established journal in the field of neuropsychiatry.



Meritorious Service Awards Announced
November 2010
Pam Gustaveson, administrator, and Terri Krause, executive office and administrative specialist, each received a College of Pharmacy Meritorious Service Award for outstanding service to the College. The awards were presented at the 2010 College of Pharmacy employee appreciation day held November 30 at Glensheen.

Dr. Ranelli to Serve on AACP Committee

November 2010
Paul Ranelli, professor, was appointed to the Public Health Special Interest Group (SIG) Program Committee of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) for 2010-2011. The main charge of the committee is to develop the public health SIG program for the AACP Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, in July 2011.

PPPS Faculty/Colleagues Lend Expertise
September 2010
Several College of Pharmacy faculty and colleagues were asked to participate in the next season of the PBS eight television production, “Doctors on Call.” The invitation was due, in part, to the success of interprofessional activities and MTM practice sites. The tentative schedule is as follows:

September 30 – Heart Disease (Megan Undeberg, assistant professor)
October 14 – Infectious Disease/Immunizations (Keri Naglosky, assistant professor)
November 18 – HTN (Mike Swanoski, assistant professor)
January 6 – Diabetes (Audrey Imberg, SMDC-Duluth Clinic pharmacist)
February 10 – Allergies and Skin (Tim Cernohous, graduate student)

Dr. Worley to Lead Section
August 2010
Marcia Worley, associate professor, was named chair elect of the Economics, Social and Administrative Science (ESAS) Section of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).

PPPS Faculty Member Receives Tenure
May 2010
Grant Anderson, assistant professor, was promoted to associate professor with tenure.

Dr. Bauer Appointed to Editorial Advisory Board
May 2010
Bjoern Bauer, assistant professor, was appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

Study Shows Targeting the Blood-Brain Barrier May Delay Progression of Alzheimer's Disease
April 2010
A study supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) shows that by targeting the blood-brain barrier, researchers are able to slow the accumulation of a protein associated with the progression of Alzheimer's disease. Results of the study, "Restoring blood-brain barrier P-glycoprotein reduces brain amyloid-beta in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease," are published in the May issue of Molecular Pharmacology. Bjoern Bauer, assistant professor, is senior author, and Anika Hartz, research associate, Medical School Duluth, is lead author on the study.

MPSO Sponsors Bone Marrow Registration Drive
March 2010
The Multicultural Pharmacy Student Organization (MPSO), with help from numerous College of Pharmacy, Duluth, students, faculty, and staff volunteers, hosted a very successful bone marrow registration drive to help DKMS Americas register potential bone marrow donors. The drive, held March 31 at the Kirby Student Lounge on the Duluth campus, was open to the campus community as well as the general public. Nearly 1,070 people "got swabbed" and will be added to the national bone marrow donor registry. The event was made possible by a grant from the Target Foundation.

CoPD Acknowledged for Environmental Stewardship
January 2010
The College of Pharmacy, Duluth (CoPD), received the 2009 Special Recognition Environmental Stewardship Award presented by the St. Louis River Alliance. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to environmental stewardship in the St. Louis River area. The CoPD was nominated for its role in the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District's (WLSSD) Medication Cabinet Clean-Out Days in 2007 and 2008.



Dr. Einat Named Associate Editor
December 2009
Haim Einat, associate professor, was named Associate Editor of Frontiers in Psychopharmacology – a new Frontiers’ journal and publishing platform that is working to create a very novel way of interaction between editors, reviewers and authors through open discussion to develop better manuscripts.

Drs. Stratton and Worley Recognized by AJHP
September 2009
Timothy Stratton, professor, and Marcia Worley, associate professor, were awarded the prestigious American Journal of Health-System Pharmacists (AJHP) Foundation Literature Award for Innovation in Pharmacy Practice. Their article, "Implementing After-Hours Pharmacy Coverage for Critical Access Hospitals in Northeast Minnesota," was published in AJHP 2008; 65:1727-34. This was a collaborative effort with colleagues at St. Luke's Hospital Pharmacy and SISU Medical Systems in Duluth.

Dr. Anderson to Serve on Editorial Board
August 2009
Grant Anderson, assistant professor, accepted an invitation to serve on the editorial board of the journal, Endocrinology, for the term 2010-2013.

Dr. Stratton Assumes MRHA Presidency
June 2009
Timothy Stratton, professor, was elected to a one-year term as president of the Minnesota Rural Health Association (MRHA) whose mission is to bring together diverse interests to address rural health issues and advocate for and with rural Minnesotans.

Dr. Seifert Receives Award
June 2009
Randy Seifert, senior associate dean and professor, was awarded the Harold R. Popp Award at the annual meeting of the Minnesota Pharmacists Association (MPhA). The Popp Award, established by MPhA in 1969 in honor of the late Senator Harold R. Popp, is the highest honor awarded by MPhA. Intended to recognize one pharmacist annually for outstanding services to the profession of pharmacy, Dr. Seifert received the award for his efforts to establish Medication Therapy Management (MTM) practices and benefits in the Duluth area.

Dr. Bumgardner Receives National Award
April 2009
Melissa Bumgardner, assistant professor, is the recipient of the 2009 National Phi Lambda Sigma (PLS) Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award. This award was established in 2006 to recognize a PLS chapter advisor who has promoted student leadership, actively contributed to the achievements of their local chapter, and served as a leader and mentor through his/her service to the profession and/or the community. In addition to the recipient award, the chapter receives a cash award, both of which are presented at the PLS Awards Banquet held in conjunction with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, in April.



Dr. Ranelli Interviewed by Local Media
October 2008
Paul Ranelli, professor, was interviewed for a Northland’s NewsCenter story on health care workforce shortages.

Three PPPS Faculty Receive Promotion and Tenure
May 2008
Three faculty members were recommended for promotion and tenure by Senior VP for Health Sciences Frank Cerra and Senior VP for Academic Affairs and Provost E. Thomas Sullivan and approved by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents. They are:

Haim Einat, PhD, Promotion to Associate Professor with tenure
Timothy Stratton, PhD, BCPS, FAPhA, Promotion to Professor
Marcia Worley, PhD, R.Ph., Promotion to Associate Professor with tenure

Student Appointed to National Council
March 2008
David Stenehjem, P3, has been appointed to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Council on Therapeutics. This council is concerned with ASHP professional policies related to the safe and appropriate use of medicines.

Ms. Sisson Receives MSHP Award
February 2008
Debbie Sisson, assistant professor and associate director, experiential education, was selected to receive the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) highest honor—the Hallie Bruce Memorial Lecture Award. This award is given annually to an individual of high moral character, good citizenship, and high professional ideals who has made significant contribution to the profession of pharmacy in Minnesota. These contributions may have been in the form of sustained exemplary service in pharmacy, or a combination of accomplishments advancing the profession of pharmacy and, through it, humanity and public health. The award will be presented to Ms. Sisson at the annual meeting of MSHP in April.

Dr. Swanoski Earns CGP Distinction
February 2008
Michael Swanoski, assistant professor, passed the Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (CGP) exam. CGPs, as defined by the Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy, demonstrate an advanced level of knowledge, education, experience, and skills beyond the requirements for licensure in pharmacotherapy for seniors.

Students and Faculty Provide Free Health Screens
February 2008
Drs. Timothy Stratton, Michael Swanoski, and Melissa Bumgardner, together with a group of 25 Pharmacy students, participated in the 26th Annual Mariner Mall Community Health Expo on February 2nd in Superior, Wisconsin. The group screened over 85 patients and offered cholesterol, blood glucose, and blood pressure tests at no charge. This was made possible through a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HERSA) and funds received from TCF Bank, Walgreens, and pharmacy student fundraising.



University Medication Therapy Management Clinic Opens
December 2007
The UMD Employee Health and Wellness Center celebrated its grand opening of services designed to help employees and their families obtain and maintain good health. Among these services is the University of Minnesota Medication Therapy Management (MTM) Clinic staff by College of Pharmacy faculty. The pharmacy-specific component of the grand opening included an appearance by Buddy, the student pharmacist medication safety mascot, discussions about the role of medication therapy management, generic medications, safe medication disposal and the safety and efficacy of over-the-counter cough and cold remedies. Toddlers and preschoolers from the UMD Children’s Place were taught about medication safety and awarded certificates as newly appointed “Buddy’s buddies.” Student pharmacists screened several participants for high blood pressure and several appointments were scheduled for the MTM clinic.

Faculty and Students Participate in Medicine Cabinet Clean-Out Event
October 2007
Seven pharmacy students and two faculty participated in the inaugural Medicine Cabinet Clean-Out Event hosted by the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD) on October 6. One hundred sixty-six households took advantage of this day-long event, offered as an environmentally friendly alternative to flushing unwanted/expired medications down the toilet or washing them down the sink. More than 250 pounds of medications (filling nearly three 55-gallon drums) were turned in for destruction, about 10 percent of which were controlled substances.

Paddock Laboratories Pharmacy Education Center Opens
September 2007
The College of Pharmacy, Duluth, celebrated its grand opening of the Paddock Laboratories Pharmacy Education Center located in the newly renovated Life Science building. The purpose of the event was fourfold: (1) to celebrate the success of the Duluth expansion, (2) to thank Bruce Paddock for his donation to the College of Pharmacy, (3) to recognize Stephen Hoag for his excellent leadership as senior associate dean, and (4) to celebrate graduation of the Class of 2007—the first combined Twin Cities-Duluth class.

Meritorius Service Awards Announced
August 2007
Anna Firoozi, executive office and administrative specialist, and Adam Moren, information technology professional, each received a 2007 College of Pharmacy Meritorious Service Award for outstanding service to the college. The awards were presented to them at a College of Pharmacy staff appreciation day in Stillwater, Minnesota.

Dr. Gulseth Publishes Book
June 2007
Michael Gulseth, assistant professor, is the lead author and editor of a newly released book published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists titled, Managing Anticoagulation Patients in the Hospital; The Inpatient Anticoagulation Service.

Dr. Randy Seifert Accepts Deanship
June 2007
Randall Seifert has accepted the position of Senior Associate Dean of the College of Pharmacy, Duluth. He will also serve as department head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences (his current role) until a new department head is hired. He will replace Stephen Hoag who has done a masterful job of implementing the program in Duluth. Steve will remain as a member of the faculty.

Dr. Noreddin Accepted into Fellows Program
May 2007
Ayman Noreddin, associate professor, was accepted into the American Association of Clinical Pharmacy (AACP) Academic Leadership Fellows Program. As a fellow, he will participate in a number of AACP meetings and projects during 2007-2008.

Ms. Sisson Receives Honorary Membership Award
April 2007
Debbie Sisson, assistant professor and associate director, experiential education, was selected to receive the 2006-07 Phi Lambda Sigma honorary membership award for her commitment to students and their education and for advancing the profession of pharmacy through her leadership efforts.

Dr. Gulseth Voted President-Elect of Minnesota Pharmacist Organization
April 2007
Michael Gulseth, assistant professor, was voted president-elect of the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP) and will assume presidency responsibilities in 2008. MSHP represents pharmacists who practice in hospitals and health systems in the state of Minnesota. Their mission is to provide visible leadership, education, advocacy, and networking opportunities which support its members as they enable people to make the best use of medications.

Dean Hoag Receives Kabat Award
April 2007
Senior Associate Dean Stephen Hoag was presented with the Minnesota Society of Health System Pharmacists (MSHP) Hugh F. Kabat Award at its 2007 annual meeting. The award, presented to an individual in recognition of leadership or innovation in Minnesota pharmacy practice, is a fitting tribute to Dean Hoag for his leadership of the Duluth program.

Student Award Winners Announced
April 2007
We proudly recognize these Duluth student award winners: Katherine Backes, P1, Wulling PharmD I Student Award; Heather Blue, P4, APhA Mortar & Pestle Professionalism Award; Jennifer Brandenburg, P4, Bruce Memorial Award; Philip Brummond, P4, Pharmacy Alumni Society Graduating Student Award; Timothy Cernohous, P3, College Board PharmD III Award; Kristen Chisholm, P1, Rho Chi Award; Jeremy Gustafson, P3, Michelle Mentzer Memorial Award; Katie Hiscock, P3, Dean's Research Award; Audrey Imberg, P3, Dean's Award, MPhA/ASP President's Award; Missy Ostroski, P4, Lilly Achievement Award, Phi Lambda Sigma Award; Bryan Schuler, P4, Gisvold Medicinal Chemistry Award, Merck Award; Rebecca (Asleson) Senst, P4, Award of Excellence in Nonprescription Medication Studies; Nicole Skinner, P1, Kasper Memorial Award; Sean Stewart, P2, Breckenridge Memorial Award.

Dr. Bastianelli Continues Work on Meth Task Force
March 2007
Karen Bastianelli, assistant professor, and Karen (Casey) Lacore, UMD community program specialist, continue to work with a group of community volunteers on Duluth's Methamphetamine Task Force to help find ways to overcome a drug epidemic which has taken a hard hit at northern Minnesota. They add their expertise to a county-wide task force made up of county officials, advertising professionals, emergency personnel, and the medical community. In keeping with the task force’s mission to educate people on the topic of methamphetamines and the dangers of the drug, the College of Pharmacy, Duluth, and CHIP-D, along with Lake Superior Advertising Federation, co-sponsored a public presentation by meth survivor, David Parnell, at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center Auditorium on March 27. The event was part of a four-day initiative on meth education that reached over 7,000 people in the Duluth community.

Ms. Sisson Appointed to Task Force
March 2007
Debbie Sisson, assistant professor and associate director, experiential education, has been appointed to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Task Force for Inpatient Student Rotations. The charge of this task force is to develop resources and tools to guide inpatient care practitioners who offer student pharmacy practice experiences.

Student Receives Fellowship Award
February 2007
Arinzechukwu Nkemdirim Okere, P1, and Stephanie Root, P2, were each awarded an AHC Office of Clinical Research 2007 Summer Pre-doctoral Fellowship in Clinical and Translational Research.

Dr. Ranelli Appointed to Family Council
February 2007
Paul Ranelli, professor, accepted a one-year, voting member appointment to the newly-formed Duluth Children's Clinic Family Council. Duluth Children’s includes St. Mary's Children's Hospital, Duluth Children’s Clinic, Miller-Dwan Children's Health Care, and Polinsky Children's Rehabilitation Center.

Drs. Traynor Earn BCPS Certification
February 2007
Laura Traynor, assistant professor, and Andrew Traynor, assistant professor, recently passed the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties pharmacotherapy specialty exam. Pharmacotherapy is that area of pharmacy practice that is responsible for ensuring the safe, appropriate, and economical use of drugs in patient care. The Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) has responsibility for direct patient care, often functions as a member of a multidisciplinary team, and is frequently the primary source of drug information for other healthcare professionals.